TRADITIONAL WEDDING IN JAPAN
First I want to apologize for the last 15 days without any updates here. Thing is, my wife and I got our wedding ceremony the first of November. I talked about this already a little bit last year (if you want to know the whole story ;)
Anyway for once I will share something more personal than usual.
Indeed as we chose to do the ceremony in a Shinto Shrine (Ogamiyama Jinja) in Daisen (Tottori Prefecture), I guess it could interest some of you.
The place is quite popular at this time of the year for momijigari, so to avoid the groups of tourists walking around we had our ceremony starting at 9AM which implied we had to be at the shrine at 6:30AM.
I wore the Hakama and my wife wore the white kimono and special hair make the whole took almost 2 hours to complete. Moreover the shrine is at the top of a long stone way in the mountain finishing by a fair amount of steps... We arrived at the top just when the sun was rising. Guests arrived around 8AM (some of the present shots are taken by my bro and a friend).
As I was ready before my wife I took some shots of her dressing. I manage to convince her to show you some of the photos ;-)
Actually before reaching this phase it took close to 1.5 hour to get dressed this way!
Auto-portrait... kind of :
The hair make
Studying the Chikai no kotoba :
that I had to read during the ceremony... I went for the Hiragana to be sure not to forget anything (and the hand writing of the original by the priest was quite unreadable for me...).
Hair make almost done :
Last corrections :
It's quite heavy if you wonder.
Wifey ready for the ceremony :)
Inside the Shrine :
Kanushi San (Shinto shrine priest) and Miko San (woman helper) :
Critical moment for us :)
Details of the shrine :
Miko San :
Japanese family side :
and leaving the Shrine... to the lunch with family and friends at Daisen Lake Hotel.
(I still don't have the pictures by the pro cameraman, once I'll have it, I may upload some of them)
Posted on : 2009-11-08 22:51:45 by Jérôme Sadou